Day Trip: Apple Picking at Twin Hill Ranch

Apple Picking at Twin Hill Ranch, Sebastopol, CA.

As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, we didn’t do any picking our own fruits.  As an adult, I feel I get to catch up on all the adventure I missed as a kid-- so we try to make it out to have as much connection with food and nature as we can.  

Picnic pals.

Picnic pals.

Last Saturday, we loaded the car with friends and headed up to Sebastopol about an hour and ten minutes north of the bay to Twin Hill Ranch for apple picking.  We left early-ish (10am) to avoid traffic and arrived in time to start out with a nice picnic lunch. I was sent these cool little packs of Utensil Wipes to try out and they sure came in handy at our picnic for sharing our only fork and for washing our apples as we sampled bites to make sure we were picking the best apples.  These are great to keep in your bag to clean off dropped pacies, water bottles and toys because they are food grade and safe for little mouths.  Newer non-scented wipes are coming out next year.

Mila doing a fantastic job cleaning her apple with Utensil Wipes.

Mila doing a fantastic job cleaning her apple with Utensil Wipes.

Todd cleaning off his knife after investigating a critter living in an apple with the kids.

Todd cleaning off his knife after investigating a critter living in an apple with the kids.

Now, back to the apples...This farm has no ups or extras like pony rides or fancy bouncy houses, but I liked that.  Nothing else to suck your money or draw the kids’ attention away from the main attraction.  

After lunch, we grabbed some baskets and headed out to the orchards.  There were plenty of apples for the kids to nab and they had fun trying to pick the perfect apples.  Mina, the labradoodle, was welcomed and also loved stomping around the grounds.

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They have a sweet little shop that sells apple juice and applesauce along with some highly recommended baked goods.  This is also where you’ll buy your apples at $2 a pound.  Beware, the apple weight sneaks up on you! Be sure to check their website for hours prior to your trip out.

Kids in the apple orchard at Twin Hill Ranch.
Apples from Twin Hill Ranch.
Apple Picking at Twin Hill Ranch in Sebastopol, CA.
What to bring apple picking at Twin Hill Ranch:
  • A picnic lunch and lots of water.
  • Sunscreen and a hat, it was hot and sunny.
  • A wagon, apples get heavy and kids get tired.

Where do you do your apple picking?  Yay for fall.  Next up, lots of applesauce and apple butter making!  Any must make apple recipes?  Please share in comments.  

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.